Milwaukee, there's an election on April 2! Here's what you need to know.
Wisconsin will vote in a nonpartisan spring general election on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Offices on the ballot are Justice of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals Judge (Districts 2, 3 and 4) and Circuit Court Judge in several counties, including Milwaukee.
Milwaukee will also be voting on Milwaukee Public School District School Board Members for Districts 1,2,3 and 8 as well as Director At-Large.
See what exactly will be on your ballot by entering your address here.
Below we've compiled information from Ballotpedia to help you make a decision at the polls.
Justice of the Supreme Court
The Wisconsin Supreme Court is the highest appellate court in the state of Wisconsin. Seven justices, selected in nonpartisan elections for 10-year terms, sit on the state's court of last resort. The court has jurisdiction over all other Wisconsin courts and can also hear original actions.
Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn and Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer are running in the election for Wisconsin Supreme Court on April 2, 2019. Incumbent Justice Shirley Abrahamson is not seeking re-election.
Although state Supreme Court elections in Wisconsin are nonpartisan, liberal and conservative groups typically coalesce around specific candidates. Conservatives, who back Hagedorn, hold a 4-3 majority on the court heading into the election. Like Abrahamson, who is retiring and leaving this seat open, Neubauer has been supported by liberals.
If conservatives win this seat, it will expand their majority on the court to 5-2. If liberals retain Abrahamson’s seat, it will set up a battle for control of the court in 2020, when Dan Kelly, who was appointed to the court in 2016 by Gov. Scott Walker (R), will stand for election for the first time.
Ballotpedia has compiled the following resources to better help readers understand this race:
- Candidate profiles of Hagedorn and Neubauer;
- A summary of the candidates' most recent campaign finance reports;
- Each candidates' campaign themes;
- A summary of what's at stake in this election;
- An overview of previous state Supreme Court elections;
- A chart of historical competitiveness in statewide races in Wisconsin; and
- An overview of the composition of the state Supreme Court.
Milwaukee Public Schools
The Milwaukee Board of School Directors consists of nine members: one member elected at large and eight members elected from numbered districts as determined by the Milwaukee Board of School Directors. The regular term of each member is four years and until their successors have been elected and qualified.
Legally, school boards are agents of the state, created by the legislature and selected by the electors of the local school district to represent and act for the state in providing the district with educational programs and facilities. The Milwaukee Board of School Directors is the policy-making body for the school system, serving within the framework provided by law, the will of the local citizenry and the ethics of the education profession.
Five seats on the Milwaukee Public Schools school board in Wisconsin are up for general election on April 2, 2019. Stefanie Dugan and Bob Peterson are running in the general election for Milwaukee Board of School Directors At-large. This seat is up for a vote throughout the city of Milwaukee, while Districts 1,2,3 and 8 will vote for their respective representatives.
How to vote in Milwaukee
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The state of Wisconsin requires a voter ID to cast a ballot on election day. Examples of valid voter ID include a Wisconsin driver license, ID card or other DMV-issued document with a photo. Voters can also use military and veterans IDs, some student IDs, tribal IDs or a certificate of naturalization. The full list of acceptable voter IDs is available here.